Architecture & Urbanism (DRL)
Investigating computation forms in the pursuit of systemic design applications
- Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended for the 2015/16 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.
Design & Make
Design and the realisation of alternative rural structures at Hooke Park, Dorset
Emergent Technologies & Design
Researching design and production technologies
History & Critical Thinking
Enquiring into theoretical debates and architectural/urban forms
Housing & Urbanism
Architectural intelligence and the contemporary urban condition
Material interventions within a modulating urbanism
Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities)
The city as new architectural knowledge, speculation and research
Spatial Performance & Design
Postgrad Diploma (MA/MFA**)
Spatial arrangement through performance and interaction
Sustainable Environmental Design
Refurbishing the city through adaptive architecturing
Combining advanced research with a broader educational agenda
The AA Graduate School includes 12 postgraduate programmes offering advanced studies in one of the world's most dynamic learning environments. All enrolled students join the school in October at the outset of an academic year, and attend full-time studies according to the length of the course selected.
Full-time Masters programmes include 12-month MA and MSc, and 16-month MArch options. These degrees are taught within the same programme structure for the first stage of the academic year.
16-month programmes, which are open to applicants with a five-year professional degree in architecture, for Architecture & Urbanism, Design & Make, Emergent Technologies & Design, Housing & Urbanism and Sustainable Environmental Design. Please note that for the 2015/16 academic year Landscape Urbanism will also offer a MArch award*.MSc
12-month programmes in Emergent Technologies & Design and Sustainable Environmental Design, which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case study work related to students' backgrounds. Please note that for the 2015/16 academic year Design & Make and Landscape Urbanism will also offer an MSc award*.MA
12-month programmes in History & Critical Thinking, Housing & Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism**, which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case-study work related to students' backgrounds.Graduate Diploma
Two-year, part-time day-release course for the Conservation of Historic Buildings.Postgraduate Diploma
One-year full-time or two-year part-time course in Spatial Performance & Design, open to professionals in a number of creative fields. Please note that for the 2015/16 academic year the degree of this course will change to a 12-month MA and a 18-month MFA in Spatial Performance and Design***. Both the MA and the MFA will be full time.MPhil
20-month Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities), open to candidates with a four or five-year degree in architecture (BArch, Diploma or equivalent degree)PhD
Complementing the Masters programmes, the AA PhD programme fosters advanced scholarship and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism through full-time doctoral studies. A new PhD in Architectural Design programme provides a setting for advanced research and learning for architects, designers and other qualified professionals.
The AA is an Approved Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of The Open University (OU), UK. All taught graduate degrees at the AA are validated by the OU. The OU is the awarding body for research degrees at the AA.
*Subject to approval and validation by The Open University.
** Please note that for the 2015/16 academic year the degree of this programme will change to a 12-month MSc and a 16-month MArch in Landscape Urbanism, subject to approval and validation by the Open University.
*** Subject to the approval of the MFA award and the validation of the MA/MFA programmes by The Open University.